Three awards for University of Sheffield journalists

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STUDENT journalists from The University of Sheffield have scooped a hat trick of awards at the Guardian Student Media Awards.

The website Sheffield Unchained won website of the year, while student Tom Banham won feature writer of the year and Alexander Chafey won columnist of the year.

Alan Rusbridger, chair of the Guardian Student Media Awards and editor-in-chief of Guardian News and Media, handed out the prizes at a ceremony hosted by BBC Breakfast presenter Charlie Stayt.

Mr Rusbridger said: “There has never been a more exciting time to embark on a career in journalism. Technology is evolving at the speed of light and presenting new opportunities and challenges to the ways we work nearly every day.

“The Guardian has been rewarding talented student journalists for over 30 years. This year’s winners are testament to the evolving face of journalism and the ways it is being reimagined and redefined.”

The awards, now in their 34th year, attracted more than 600 entrants and the winners were picked by a panel of industry experts.